WILLIAM GEORGE JACK WOODMASON

Jack is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

 

Born: 1914, Ipswich.

Died: 25th April 1942; age 28; aircraft lost on a delivery flight from Canada to the UK.

 

William was a sergeant in the R.A.F.V.R. when he was commissioned in September 1941 as Air Observer.

 

Rank: Pilot Officer; Service Number: 46823.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Ferry Command.

 

Medals Awarded: Distinguished Flying Cross – 13th February 1942 of No. 218 Squadron – This officer participated in the squadron’s operational activities in France and afterwards when it operated from this country. He has shown himself to be an outstanding navigator/bomb aimer, whose efficiency, devotion to duty and coolness in action have enabled his crew to carry out highly successful raids on long distance targets such as Berlin, Stettin and Turin in difficult weather conditions. On one occasion, whilst attacking Duisburg, one engine of his aircraft was put out of action by enemy shellfire. Nevertheless, his captain jettisoned all moveable gear and kept the aircraft flying, and Pilot Officer Woodmason navigated it back to base where a safe landing was made.

 

Memorial Reference:

1.3.

Ottawa Memorial,

Ontario,

Canada.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Carey Woodmason, and of Mabel Harriet Woodmason, of Felixstowe, Suffolk.

 

Brother: THOMAS BAKER WOODMASON.

 

Father: William Carey Woodmason, born 1880, Kensington, Middlesex – died 1935, Suffolk. An Electrician.

Mother: Mabel Harriet Woodmason (nee Rattee), born 1884, Ipswich.

A little friend hands a lucky horseshoe to the bride.

On the 18th November 1941, at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich, William married Margaret V. Robinson, born 1921, Brentford, Middlesex, of the Mulberry Tree Inn, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

19th November 1941 – Evening Star

 

R.A.F. Officer’s Ipswich Wedding

WOODMASON – ROBINSON

 

The wedding took place at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich, on Tuesday, of Pilot-Officer Jack Woodmason, R.A.F., the third son of the late Mr. William Carey Woodmason and Mrs. Mabel Harriet Woodmason, of 110, Abingdon Road, Oxford, formerly of 56, Berners Street, Ipswich and Miss Margaret Robinson, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Robinson, of the Mulberry Tree Inn, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

Both bride and bridegroom have been prominent members of the Ipswich Swimming Club.

The officiating clergyman was the Vicar, the Rev. T. Batterby.

The bride who was given away by her father, was attired in a white lace grown, cut in Elizabethan style. She carried a shower of pink roses and white heather, and was attended by Miss Silvia Meyer, a personal friend, as bridesmaid. Miss Meyer wore a dress of lilac taffeta, with muff and a head-dress of violets.

The best man was Squadron-Leader Cousins.

The hymns were “O Love Divine” and “Lead Us, Heavenly Father,” whilst Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” was played by the organist, Mr. A. V. Kitching, F.R.C.O., L.R.A.M., A.R.C.M.

The reception was held at the Mulberry Tree Inn, where a large number of guests were entertained. The honeymoon is to spent in the West Country, and for her going away dress the bride wore a black coat, trimmed with skunk.

Amongst the many presents were those from late colleagues of the bride on the staff of the Post Office Telegraph Department, the Directors of N.R.H.S., and the Legion of Frontiersmen.

 

William is also remembered on the war memorial at the Sea Front, Felixstowe Suffolk.

 

25th April 1942

 

Aircraft: Liberator; serial number: 41-1119. Took-off from Gander, island of Newfoundland for a delivery flight to Prestwick, Scotland. Just after midnight a wireless S.O.S. was sent from the Liberator over the west coast of Ireland. Nothing more was heard from the aircraft. An aerial search was put into operation for several days, but nothing of the aircraft or crew was found.

FELLOW CREW:

Herbert Reginald Carefoot; Group Captain/Pilot; age 37; R.C.A.F.

Mervyn John Cameron Stanley; Wing Commander/Pilot; age 33; R.A.F.

Leo Benedict Doherty; Radio Operator; age 24; R.A.F. Ferry Command.

Hamish Ian Douglas; Flight Engineer; age 25; R.A.F. Ferry Command.

 

William, Herbert Carefoot and Mervyn Stanley are remembered on the Ottawa Memorial. Leo Doherty and Hamish Douglas are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

 

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